American spicebush


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Noun1.American spicebush - deciduous shrub of the eastern United States having highly aromatic leaves and bark and yellow flowers followed by scarlet or yellow berriesAmerican spicebush - deciduous shrub of the eastern United States having highly aromatic leaves and bark and yellow flowers followed by scarlet or yellow berries
genus Lindera, Lindera - aromatic evergreen or deciduous dioecious shrubs or trees of eastern Asia and North America
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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The American spicebush (Lindera benzoin) is a native shrub that displays clusters of tiny, greenish-yellow flowers in March and April before its leaves appear.
The American spicebush has a long history of medicinal and culinary uses, as its many names would indicate.
A member of the Laurel family, American spicebush is named for the Swedish botanist, Johann Lindler, and "benzoin" comes from an Oriental gum of the same name because the shrub has a similar spicy aroma and flavor.

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